Hazelnut Mocha Meringue Cookies are baked with hazelnuts, espresso and dark chocolate. These dreamy cookies are loaded with flavor but taste lighter than air!
When I was little, I was convinced that the clouds tasted like whipped cream and cotton candy. Now that I’m a mature adult, I know better. They taste like Hazelnut Mocha Meringues.
Meringues are probably the one major French contribution to the world of pastry that doesn’t involve copious amounts of butter. In place of the typical flour, baking powder, and classic bakery ingredients, meringues are comprised of eggs whites whipped into a fluffy tizzy, along with sugar, and the flavorings of your choice. The creamy, shiny batter is then scooped or piped into little rounds, then baked at a low temperature. The result is a melt-in-your mouth confection that is light and crispy on the outside, and soft and chewy on the inside.
I was introduced to meringues when I studied abroad in France. Pastry shops were a necessary part of my daily routine, and I was initially attracted to meringues because they are one of the least expensive pastries in the case. What a deal! After one bite, I was smitten these sweet, ethereally light treats.
Meringues fascinate me endlessly, mostly because I still cannot get over the miracle of egg whites. What begins as a clear liquid is transformed to stiff peaks that become the building blocks of this delightful dessert. No wonder I associate meringues with clouds—they taste heavenly!
In addition to being a naturally light way to satisfy your sweet tooth, meringues are endlessly customizable. Hazelnut Mocha Meringue Cookies combine three of my favorite flavors: deeply toasted hazelnuts, espresso, and dark chocolate.
I often find that meringues can easily become too sweet, but the dark chocolate and coffee temper the sweetness perfectly. The hazelnuts are rich and warm, giving the meringues extra depth of flavor. The final combination is a fabulously-flavored meringue cookie that is sweet enough to feel like dessert but not so sweet that you can only handle a few bites. Translation: prepare to eat more than one!
If you are feeling fancy, you can pipe these Hazelnut Mocha Meringue Cookies into pretty shapes, but I personally love the simplicity of spooning the batter with a little ice cream scoop. The meringues crackle as they bake, making them extra fun to pull apart and munch.
The next time you are looking for a sweet treat that satisfies but won’t weigh you down, search no farther than Hazelnut Mocha Meringue Cookies.
We love that these meringue cookies are naturally gluten free. If you're looking for more cookies like these, try Erin's gluten free coconut cookies recipe or her gluten free chocolate orange cookies too.